The Jets agreed to terms on Wednesday with the former Broncos wide receiver, considered by many the top free agent at his position after two seasons catching passes from Peyton Manning.
Simms said the Jets would be crazy to use a pick early on a quarterback, further enforcing the belief that the best way to get the most out of Smith in his second year is to sign a capable veteran free agent to challenge him.
As far as the fans and many in the media go, it is almost a foregone conclusion that Mark Sanchez will not return to the Jets for a sixth season. And yet it may not be that simple. Nor, frankly, should it be.
For all those who believe the Jets need a legitimate veteran quarterback to push incumbent Geno Smith in training camp, there might be a solution in the works. Michael Vick, anyone?
According to a report, general manager John Idzik is interested in free-agent-to-be Josh McCown, who was excellent for the Bears after Jay Cutler went down with an injury.
With only Jeremy Kerley standing tall in Geno Smith’s arsenal, the Jets could use a stud pass-catcher. And if there is any year to find one in the high rounds, this would be the year.
Idzik, hired by the Jets in January 2013, spent six seasons in the Seahawks’ front office and helped build the team into a Super Bowl-caliber squad.
Both coach Rex Ryan and general manager John Idzik have said that while Geno Smith improved greatly, they will wait until they see who’s on the roster in a few months before considering their starters at any position.
“If you had asked me, ‘Do I think that Geno Smith is the quarterback of the future,’ I’m gonna tell you ‘no,’” Lucas told Francesa. “I really think they should bring in a veteran — (Josh) McCown.”
It turns out the incident involving Geno Smith at Los Angeles International Airport was a non-story.
Don’t expect Mark Sanchez to go the way of Tim Tebow. The quarterback apparently won’t have much trouble finding a job if he’s cut by the Jets this offseason.
It’s been a messy week for Gang Green. Quarterback Geno Smith and tight end Kellen Winslow are in the headlines for the wrong reasons.
It’s not quite the type of offseason publicity Geno Smith was looking for.
New York’s most popular backup quarterback will be sticking around in 2014. The Jets have extended Matt Simms’ contract through next season, according to the New York Daily News.
As far as Antonio Cromartie is concerned, Jets general manager John Idzik should not be putting too much effort into looking for a quarterback this offseason. That’s because Cromartie sees Geno Smith as the present and future of the franchise.